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review 2017-05-21 04:09
Does this author know the future?
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 

 

*4.5 STARS*

 

So, um, yeah, that just happened.  I finished reading this book and I was floored.  I had to go to fluffy, light reading for a few days just to help process this.  The book was great, it was, but it was eerie that a book written in 1986 can be so relevant today.

 

I got chills when the narrator, Offred was talking about how women's rights were slowly eroded before the big change occurred.  First it was not access to abortions, then not being able to get birth control.  What the heck did the author know that we don't? Considering what's happening in 2017, it's like she was looking into a crystal ball.

 

Anyway, I'm getting off my soapbox because this review is not meant to be political AT ALL.  But what is supposed to be is an ode to the this amazing story.  It was hard to read at times...like a lot of times, but it was worth the struggle.  

 

I listened to this on audio and it was mesmerizing.  Claire Danes did an amazing job.  The reason I took off 1/2 star is because the beginning was very confusing.  It was like I walked into the middle of the story.  I was lost for a while trying to figure out what was going on, but I think that is exactly what the author intended.  We were made to feel like the Handmaids when all the changes occurred I think.

 

But, things were revealed in time.  How scary!  At one point I thought to myself that I would have rather have been confused because getting all the details didn't make me feel better at all!  I guess that was the point.  But considering the world we live in today, it was like the author got a roadmap to lead us here.  AMAZING JOB!

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review 2017-05-17 04:06
The Handmaid's Tale - Review
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.

- Chapter 32

 

This is the story of Offred (of Fred). She is a handmaid in a society that has difficulty reproducing effectively. Fertile women are "given to" powerful men, in order to bear them children.

 

This is a scary and powerful tale. It isn't full of action and adventure, but a story told quietly, from Offred's point of view. We see glimpses of her life before, and into her current situation. The end was sort of abrupt and open-ended. But some things just aren't meant to be wrapped up in a bow. There is a great deal of emotion packed into this book and I'm glad I finally read it. People have been suggesting I read this book for years. So, when the series came out, I knew I had to read it before I watched. 

 

The scariest thing about this book is how subtle, gradual changes can lead to something so awful before you even know what's happening. One of the quotes in the book said things may not seem ordinary now, but after a time they become ordinary. I believe this is true, little changes add up and gradually become normal, and before you know it society is really messed up.

 

I choose this book when I landed on the GO space in Booklikes-opoly - giving me a free choice.

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review 2017-05-16 17:19
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The interesting part of this book is that even though it’s written in 1985 almost 32 years back still it holds good even to this day. It’s scary but yes there are chances that this might happen one day, this world can turn in to one such hell! I know it’s a dystopian novel but a different kind that, which can turn into reality. The narration was a bit dry but, of course we can’t expect a flowery narration of the environment and situation which Offred was a part of.  At first it’s tough to get into the book but once you are in there it’s very hard to get out. Forget men, this is a world where one woman doesn’t respect or cares for the other, where even though a woman is going through hell the other just sits there and watches it rather than doing something about it, sounds so similar to this world which we are living in, right? That’s why it’s scary. It’s actually disturbing as hell.

 

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” (p.135)

 

Just like the above mentioned quote it’s in our nature to overlook things once it over we people tend to forget everything once the commotion is over, once headlines turn to a sideline. Everything will just be shadow for us. That’s why this novel so scary. I know i’ve been repeating the word ‘scary’ but IT IS!

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review 2017-05-15 08:26
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus - Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is a retelling parts of the Odyssey myth from the perspective of Odysseus's wife, Penelope.  The author's aim is to answer two questions she had while reading the Odyssey:  what led to the handing of Penelope's 12 maids and what was Penelope really up to?

This book reminds me of the prescribed fiction we had to "dissect" in school - a teachers wet dream with all those "how do you feel about xyz" or "what did the author think" questions.  In short, I found the book boring and the interludes with the chanting maids chorus and other commentary annoying.  Penelope's story would have made an ok, if somewhat insipid, alternative retelling on it's own.  The characters are flat and I found no reason to care about Penelope or her associates at all.  The Odyssey manages to make its readers care with less information and page time.  The commentaries would have made a mediocre, and not too well researched college essay on the subject..  Together, they were just annoying.  As for providing a new perspective, this is only valid if you know nothing about Greek history or mythological tales.

 

Thank Dionysus that the book was so short!

 

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